Nick Willis, I have to admit is one of my favorites. While Nick is known as a miler or 1500m man, his 3000 meter race indoors in the 2003 NCAA versus Alistair Cragg is, well, EPIC.
Nick Willis broke the legendary John Walker, 1976 Olympic gold medalist, 1500m record in 2005, I believe. He also gave New Zealand its first Olympic medal in the middle distances since 1976, with his 2008 Olympic silver medal.
This interview was done at the adiRunBASE Boston store prior to the adidas BOOST Boston Games. On Friday night, after a hard week of training, Nick Willis held off Collins Cheboi until the last meter of the race, taking second in 3:35.85. When I congratulated him after his race, Nick Willis, in his typical form, with a half smile noted, “it was not a really good race.”
Nick was simulating the hard weeks at the Olympics, with three rounds of 1,500 meters.
Nine weeks until Rio.